Students perform an experiment in microgravity aboard the Airbus A300 Zero-G plane.
Matthew Isakowitz of the Commercial Space Federation has posted this report about the Suborbital Applications Research Group’s first session:
This week, the Suborbital Applications Researchers Group (SARG), an advisory committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, met at the Boulder, Colorado campus of the Southwest Research Institute to discuss the research and education potential of the new generation of commercial suborbital vehicles. The multi-disciplinary committee discussed a variety of possible missions, ranging from fluid-mechanics experiments and atmospheric sampling to life sciences research and low-cost student-built payloads.
After the meeting, SARG member Dr. Daniel Durda, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, said, â€œHearing my colleagues from other research disciplines describe the new investigations theyâ€™re excitedly looking forward to, itâ€™s clear that this next generation of suborbital vehicles has the potential to fundamentally transform the way we think about doing space science.â€